E3 2019 Nintendo Direct dated but will not feature any new hardware

Nintendo has confirmed that their usual pre-E3 livestream will take place on 11 June, but it will not include any new consoles.

The biggest week of the year for video games is fast approaching, and as usual all the most important news is expected to be unveiled on the days before E3 itself begins.

Traditionally, the very last thing to happen before the doors of the show open is a Nintendo Direct and that’s happening again this year on Tuesday, 11 June at 5pm BST.

In typical Nintendo fashion they haven’t said what will be in it, but they have previously promised Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Astral Chain, and Pokémon Sword/Shield for release this year – and we’ve seen next to nothing of any of them yet.

What Nintendo has said though is that the Nintendo Direct will focus ‘entirely on software’, i.e. there will be no new console reveals.

That’s despite persistent rumours, from multiple sources, that they have a smaller, cheaper variant of the Switch planned for this summer – and a more powerful version some time later.

Presumably, even if the new console models are coming, this means that they won’t arrive until much closer to Christmas, if at all.

You’d imagine there’d also be a few new game announcements, and perhaps a look at more distant releases like Bayonetta 3, but as ever with Nintendo it’s best not to assume anything.

There will be a Nintendo Treehouse: Live daily livestream throughout the three days of E3, plus two competitions the weekend before for the top worldwide players in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2.

Sony is famously not at this year’s E3, but Microsoft has their own showcase planned for Sunday, June 9, as does Bethesda. Then on Monday you’ve got Ubisoft and Square Enix, with EA also expected to show off their new games in various livestreams over the weekend.

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